Corporate Life in the Digital Music Industry: Remaking the Major Record Label from the Inside Out (Alternate Takes: Critical Responses to Popular Music) (Hardcover)

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Drawing on a deep and long-term first-hand engagement with major labels in the early years of the 21st century, this book sheds new light 'behind the scenes', at a time of drastic and far-reaching transformation. Refreshingly, it centres not on artists and the most powerful decision-makers but on everyday experiences of work and back-office corporate employees.

Doing so reveals the internal activities and conflicts that, while hidden from public view, enable processes of change: from paperwork, data systems, managerial pressures and redundancies to graduate training schemes, departmental politics and shared playlists, providing a new route into understanding the broader cultures and infrastructures of the global recording industry. This oft-forgotten office work tells a different story of contemporary digital music, one more sensitive to the complex intersections that texture the conduct of work and organizational life.

About the Author


Toby Bennett teaches and researches Media, Culture and Organization at the University of Westminster, UK. He has previously worked in rights management and with labels, entrepreneurs and policy actors in arts, creative and music industries.


Product Details
ISBN: 9781501387234
ISBN-10: 1501387235
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication Date: August 22nd, 2024
Pages: 264
Language: English
Series: Alternate Takes: Critical Responses to Popular Music